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Correlation Between HTTP Requests

The Arcus.WebApi.Correlation library provides a way to add correlation between HTTP requests.

This correlation is based the RequestId and X-Transaction-ID HTTP request/response headers, however, you can fully configure different headers in case you need to.

How This Works

When an application is configured to use the default configuration of the correlation, each HTTP response will get an extra header called RequestId containing an unique identifier to distinguish between requests/responses.

The X-Transaction-ID can be overriden by the request, meaning: if the HTTP request already contains a X-Transaction-ID header, the same header+value will be used in the HTTP response.

Additional configuration is available to tweak this functionality.


This feature requires to install our NuGet package:

PM > Install-Package Arcus.WebApi.Correlation -Version 0.4.0


To make sure the correlation is added to the HTTP response, following additions have to be made in the .ConfigureServices and Configure methods:

public void ConfigureServices(IServiceCollection services)

public void Configure(IApplicationBuilder app, IHostingEnvironment env)


Note: because the correlation is based on ASP.NET Core middleware, it’s recommended to place it before the .UseMvc call.


Some extra options are available to alter the functionality of the correlation:

public void ConfigureServices(IServiceCollection services)
    services.AddCorrelation(options =>
        // Configuration on the transaction ID (`X-Transaction-ID`) request/response header.
        // ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------

        // Whether the transaction ID can be specified in the request, and will be used throughout the request handling.
        // The request will return early when the `.AllowInRequest` is set to `false` and the request does contain the header (default: true).
        options.Transaction.AllowInRequest = true;

        // Whether or not the transaction ID should be generated when there isn't any transaction ID found in the request.
        // When the `.GenerateWhenNotSpecified` is set to `false` and the request doesn't contain the header, no value will be available for the transaction ID; 
        // otherwise a GUID will be generated (default: true).
        options.Transaction.GenerateWhenNotSpecified = true;

        // Whether to include the transaction ID in the response (default: true).
        options.Transaction.IncludeInResponse = true;

        // The header to look for in the HTTP request, and will be set in the HTTP response (default: X-Transaction-ID).
        options.Transaction.HeaderName = "X-Transaction-ID";

        // The function that will generate the transaction ID, when the `.GenerateWhenNotSpecified` is set to `false` and the request doesn't contain the header.
        // (default: new `Guid`).
        options.Transaction.GenerateId = () => $"Transaction-{Guid.NewGuid()}";

        // Configuration on the operation ID (`RequestId`) response header.
        // ----------------------------------------------------------------

        // Whether to include the operation ID in the response (default: true).
        options.Operation.IncludeInResponse = true;

        // The header that will contain the operation ID in the HTTP response (default: RequestId).
        options.Operation.HeaderName = "RequestId";

        // The function that will generate the operation ID header value.
        // (default: new `Guid`).
        options.Operation.GenerateId = () => $"Operation-{Guid.NewGuid()}";

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